Toy Shop

Cover image for


Author: Harry Harrison (Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Published: 1962
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,989 / 16 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 4,222
Added to site: 2007.10.13 18496

The gadget was strictly, beyond any question, a toy. Not a real, workable device. Except for the way it could work under a man's mental skin....

Show Excerpt

and most of the parents--gaped in wide-eyed wonder. Biff Hawton was too sophisticated to be awed. He stayed on because he wanted to find out what the trick was that made the gadget work.

"It's all explained right here in your instruction book," the demonstrator said, holding up a garishly printed booklet opened to a four-color diagram. "You all know how magnets pick up things and I bet you even know that the earth itself is one great big magnet--that's why compasses always point north. Well ... the Atomic Wonder Space Wave Tapper hangs onto those space waves. Invisibly all about us, and even going right through us, are the magnetic waves of the earth. The Atomic Wonder rides these waves just the way a ship rides the waves in the ocean. Now watch...."

Every eye was on him as he put the gaudy model rocketship on top of the table and stepped back. It was made of stamped metal and seemed as incapable of flying as a can of ham--which it very much resembled. Neither wings, propellors, nor jets broke through the painted surface. It rested on three rubber wheels and coming out through the bottom was a double strand of thin insulated wire. This white wire ran across the top of the black table and terminate


Average Rating of 3 from 3 reviews: ***
Sardo Weems

It's a story of two con jobs. The first con was the obvious one, the second con was in interesting scientists to do the research the con men couldn't.

Just an okay story.


I've actually read the story in the original Analog magazine. (I picked up a bunch of old Sci-Fi magazines from a yard sale). This text appears to be complete to the best of my recollection.

Fun little cynical story

Najib Dajani

I am not sure I get this story. It seemed like I was just settling in to read it after the scene was set when it just ended. I am thinking that only the very first 5 or 6 pages were transcribed.

Can anyone please shed any light on this?

Thank you and all the best,


(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Toy Shop by Harry Harrison - Free eBook

Rise of The Iron Eagle

The Iron Eagle Series Book 1
Roy A. Teel Jr.

Is The Iron Eagle a psychotic serial killer?Read more

Cover image for Toy Shop by Harry Harrison - Free eBook


True Alpha 1
Alisa Woods

Shifters in Seattle Desired (True Alpha 1) Ne... Read more

Cover image for Toy Shop by Harry Harrison - Free eBook

Open Minds

Mindjack Saga Book 1
Susan Kaye Quinn

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a danger... Read more

Cover image for Toy Shop by Harry Harrison - Free eBook

XGeneration 1

You Don't Know Me (XGeneration Series)
Brad Magnarella

In the fall of 1984, Cold War tensions between... Read more

Cover image for Toy Shop by Harry Harrison - Free eBook

Drive, Ride, Repeat

The Mostly-True Account of a Cross-Country Car and Bicycle Adventure
Al Macy

Author Al Macy is a character and a tightwad wi... Read more

Cover image for Toy Shop by Harry Harrison - Free eBook

I Bring the Fire

Part I: Wolves (A Loki Story)
C. Gockel

In the middle of America, Amy Lewis is on her way... Read more

login | register

User ID


reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

Open Minds
by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells
The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells
I'm a Stranger Here Myself
by Dallas McCord Reynolds
by Annelie Wendeberg
After The Ending
by Lindsey Fairleigh
The War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells
by M.U. Riyadad
by Peter R. Stone

See more popular titles from this genre.